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White Aborigines
Identity Politics in Australian Art

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  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521584166

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  • This book investigates how identities have been constructed in Australian art from 1788 onwards. Ian McLean shows that Australian art, and the writing of its history, has, since settlement, been in a dialogue (although often submerged) with Aboriginal art and culture; and that this dialogue is inextricably interwoven with the struggle to find an identity in the antipodes. Beginning with a discussion of how Australia was imagined by Europeans before colonisation, McLean traces the representation of indigeneity through the history of Australian art, and the concomitant invention of an Australian subjectivity. He argues that the colonising culture invested far more in indigenous aspects of the country and its inhabitants than it has been willing to admit. McLean considers artists and their work within a cultural context, and also provides a contemporary theoretical and critical context for his claims.

    • The first history of Australian painting to focus on the representation of Aborigines in Australian art
    • Written in a cultural studies vein, drawing on post colonial theory and analysis of other cultural expressions, especially literature
    • Strong focus of the ways in which concepts of identity were imagined in Australian painting
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    Review of the hardback: 'White Aborigines is a revealing and inspirational book …' George Menham, The Australian National Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521584166
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Ocean and the Antipodes
    2. Artful killings
    3. The art of settlement
    4. The bad conscience of impressionism
    5. Aboriginalism and Australian nationalism
    6. The Aboriginal renaissance
    7. Aboriginality and contemporary Australian painting
    8. Painting for a new republic
    Postscript: The wandering islands
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Ian McLean, University of Tasmania

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